India defeat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy pool match

India defeat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy pool match

India defeat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy pool match

In the recent years, India vs Pakistan match has thrown a number of incredible moments that tell you what a match between two arch-rivals is all about.

Chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan were bundled out for 164 runs with Wahab Riaz not coming to bat because of an injury he sustained during India's innings.

But Pakistan were passive opponents, awful in the field, flaky under crucial catches and unable to mount a credible chase when asked to pursue 289 in 41 overs on Duckworth/Lewis after a series of rain delays.

Pakistan won the toss but nothing else went right for them as they dropped catches, persisted with bowlers who bled runs and folded inside 34 overs with the bat.

Hardik Pandya said that he had no idea before the 46th over, while skipper Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were ripping the Pakistan bowling attack apart, that he would be needed to bat next. The Indian innings was interrupted twice by rain before Rohit got run out for 91.

Afridi said Pakistan had allowed Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, to settle down and once that happened, it was hard to stop the duo.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he had "no regrets" over his decision to field first.

After Rohit reached his half century, Dhawan too changed gears as he smashed pacer Wahab Riaz for three successive fours before completing his half century. All together managed, to sum up, the total to 319 runs within 48 overs losing 3 wickets.

Pakistan now face must-win games against South Africa and Sri Lanka if they want to qualify out of their group at the tournament. "When I saw the left-arm spinner, I knew that I could go for it", he revealed.

"I think till 40 I was easing into the game, taking my ones and twos like I always do", Kohli said.

Put in to bat first in a rain-hit encounter, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a ideal start as the duo not only blasted half-century each but they also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event. He had started off neatly, but then got stuck - partly as a outcome of a rain delay that stopped play in the 34th over - something not often seen with Kohli, even during Royal Challengers Bangalore's rough campaign in IPL 2017.

Yuvraj turns it on Kohli was well backed by Yuvraj, who provided the timely impetus to the Indian innings in the middle.

India finished strong, Yuvraj and Kohli ripped Pakistan's bowling at the end, Hardik Pandya provided the finishing.

World No 8 Pakistan, on the other hand, were seen struggling throughout the innings.

Kohli scored 81 not out off 68 balls with 6 fours and three sixes.

Jadeja's run-out came about at a crucial time when Malik was reviving Pakistan's hopes by having a go at the Indian bowlers.

"We took the momentum we had from the practice games into this match".

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